Daemen College has named Cathaleen Curtiss Coordinator of the Daemen Interdisciplinary Minor in Entrepreneurship Program. Curtiss is an award-winning photojournalist, editor and director of photography, with experience in traditional print as well as online media. She holds a B.A. from Central Michigan University.
In her new position, Curtiss will manage the entrepreneurial program, which is focused on the Liberal Arts and expanding opportunities for liberal arts students. Through this minor, students are encouraged to take advantage of their knowledge, creative skills, and resources to identify and pursue opportunities, initiate change, and create sustainable value. A minor in entrepreneurship and social enterprise can be coupled with any major within Daemen College.
The Daemen Interdisciplinary Minor in Entrepreneurship promotes and encourages the development of skill sets such as creativity and innovation; creative problem solving and brainstorming; opportunity recognition; and networking. These skills will enable Daemen liberal arts graduates to find greater success in new venture development and in creating sustainable projects in all fields.
As Vice President of Global Photography at AOL, Curtiss oversaw a staff of picture editors based in Virginia; New York; and Bangalore, India, who created visual presentations for AOL worldwide. Curtiss was instrumental in creating and successfully leading a staff in India to support the ongoing need for visual content on AOL.
While at AOL Curtiss managed and assigned photographers, while elevating the use of photography at the online service. In 2005, her staff of photographers and photo editors played an important role in AOL winning its first Daytime Emmy in the nontraditional broadband delivery platform category for the Live 8 Concert. Growing the staff from two photo editors in 1997 to over 80 by 2009, Curtiss played a key role in expanding the use of photojournalism online. The photography department under her direction accounted for over 12 billion page views a year.
As an award-winning photojournalist, she has documented events from Super Bowls to Superpower summits, covering three presidential administrations, and handling daily assignments and international news. In 1990 the White House News Photographers Association recognized her as Photographer of the Year. She is an active member in the National Press Photographers’ Association.
Curtiss’ awards and professional recognition also include an Emmy in 2005 for the Live 8 Concert, and the National Press Photographers Association Award of Merit in 2006: Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award for Outstanding Service in the Interest of News Photography.
Curtiss was inducted into the Central Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010, and was named Alumna of the Year in 2006 by the Central Michigan University Journalism School. She has received photography awards from Ohio News Photographers Association; Michigan Press Photographers Association; Texas Press Association; MDDC Press Associations; Society for Newspaper Design; WHNPA; NPPA; and others, from 1980–2009.